Julie Janson is a Burruberongal woman of Darug Aboriginal nation, living on the South coast of NSW. She is a novelist, playwright, and poet. Julie’s first novel Benevolence (2020), also published in the US and UK, was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award (2022) and nominated for the NIB Literary Award and the Voss Literary Award. Janson’s Madukka the River Serpent, an Indigenous crime novel, was published in 2022. Her second historical novel, Compassion, will be released in March 2024. Julie is the recipient of the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry Prize and the Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Her plays have been produced in Australia, USA and Indonesia. She has worked as a lecturer in Aboriginal programs and teacher in Sydney and remote Aboriginal communities over the last 30 years. Julie is married with three children and four grandchildren.
Nam Le’s poetry has been published in The Monthly, The Paris Review, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Bomb, Conjunctions, Boston Review, Lana Turner and Tin House. His short story collection The Boat received numerous major international awards, including the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the Melbourne Prize for Literature, the PEN/Malamud Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. The Boat has been republished as a modern classic and is widely translated, anthologised and taught. Nam Le lives in Melbourne.
Melissa Lucashenko is a Goorie author of Bundjalung and European heritage. Her first novel, Steam Pigs, was published in 1997 and since then her work has received acclaim in many literary awards. She writes about ordinary Australians and the extraordinary lives they lead. Her sixth novel Too Much Lip won the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance. It was also shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Stella Prize, two Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, two Queensland Literary Awards and two NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Her latest novel published in 2023 is the extraordinary Edenglassie, with a dual narrative set in colonial and contemporary times, imagining a way to a new Australian future. Edenglassie has already been shortlisted for the Victoria Premier’s Literary Awards and Indie Awards. Melissa is also a Walkley Award winner for her non-fiction, and a founding member of human rights organisation Sisters Inside. Melissa has been a script assessor for Screen Australia and Screen NSW for two decades, and has advised on multiple feature, documentary and drama projects including The Australian Dream and River.
Christos Tsiolkas is the author of eight novels, including Loaded, Head-On, The Jesus Man and Dead Europe. His fourth novel, the international bestseller The Slap, won Overall Best Book in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2009, was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award, longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and won the Australian Literary Society Gold, and was also named Book of the Year for 2009 by the Australian Booksellers Association and the Australian Book Industry Awards. Christos's fifth novel, Barracuda,was shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal and the inaugural Voss Literary Prize. Christos's acclaimed collection of short stories, Merciless Gods, was published in 2014 and his critical literary study On Patrick White came out in 2018. His sixth novel, Damascus, was published in 2019 and won the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction. 7½ was published in 2021. In the same year, Christos won the Melbourne Prize for Literature. The In-Between, his most recent work, was published in 2023. His work has been adapted to film and television to much acclaim. Christos is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer. He lives in Melbourne.
Marjon Mossammaparast is a teacher and poet from Melbourne. Her first collection of poetry, That Sight (Cordite Books), won the 2019 Mary Gilmore Award, was shortlisted for the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards and was commended in the 2018 Anne Elder Award. Her second volume, And to Ecstasy, was released in March 2022 through Upswell Publishing, and was shortlisted for the 2023 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards (Kenneth Slessor Poetry Award). Marjon was born in Iran and started her formal schooling in Italy, having fled religious persecution. She migrated to Australia with her family in 1986.
Charlotte Wood is the author of ten books - seven novels and three non-fiction works. She has won the Stella Prize and the Prime Minister's Literary Award, among others, and her features and essays have appeared in The Guardian, New York Times, Sydney Morning Herald, The Monthly, Saturday Paper and others. She lives in Sydney.
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